Stevenage were probably the happier team as they extended their unbeaten run to six games, although they rarely threatened to make it three points as the home side had cause to rue missed first-half chances.
Former Carlisle striker Francois Zoko sent out an early warning to the hosts with a mazy run which was just checked inside the box, while at the other end Brad Potts forced Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day to claw away a powerful 25-yard drive.
Day also had to be alert to scramble away a low effort from Manchester United loanee Sam Byrne.
Lee Miller went even closer to giving Carlisle the lead just before the break as his header from James Berrett's corner flew across the face of goal and inches wide of the far post.
Day was in the right place to thwart substitutes Courtney Meppen-Walter and David Symington while Miller headed over the crossbar from close range as Carlisle continued to be frustrated.